Author Archives: Elizabeth Boyle

‘The Twelfth-Century English Transmission of a Poem on the Threefold Division of the Mind, Attributed to Patrick of Dublin (d. 1084)’

‘The Twelfth-Century English Transmission of a Poem on the Threefold Division of the Mind, Attributed to Patrick of Dublin (d. 1084)’, in ‘A fantastic and abstruse Latinity’? Hiberno-Continental Cultural and Literary Interactions in the MiddleAges, ed. Wolfram R. Keller & Dagmar Schlüter, Studien und Texte zur Keltologie (Münster: Nodus Publikationen, 2017), pp. 102-16

Allegory, the áes dána and the Liberal Arts in Medieval Irish Literature

‘Allegory, the áes dána and the Liberal Arts in Medieval Irish Literature’, in Grammatica, Gramadach and Gramadeg: Vernacular Grammar and Grammarians in Medieval Ireland and Wales, ed. Deborah Hayden and Paul Russell (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2016), pp. 11-34 The present study briefly considers the vernacular terminology used to describe figurative language in medieval Irish literature, and […]

Senchas Gall Átha Clíath: Aspects of the Cult of St Patrick in the Twelfth Century

(co-authored with Liam Breatnach), ‘Senchas Gall Átha Clíath: Aspects of the Cult of St Patrick in the Twelfth Century’, in Sacred Histories: A Festschrift for Máire Herbert, ed. J. Carey, K. Murray & C. Ó Dochartaigh (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015), pp. 22-55 This Festschrift contribution comprises the first edition, translation and detailed discussion of Senchas […]

The Rhetoric and Reality of Reform in Irish Eschatological Thought, c. 1000 – 1150

‘The Rhetoric and Reality of Reform in Irish Eschatological Thought, c. 1000 – 1150’, History of Religions 55:3 (2016), 269-88 This essay challenges the ideas that the ‘great fear’ recorded in Irish annals for the year 1096 was the culmination of an escalating rhetoric of apocalypticism, and that it was a trigger for the ecclesiastical reform […]

The Impiety of the Intellect: Whitley Stokes and the Pre-Raphaelites

‘The Impiety of the Intellect: Whitley Stokes and the Pre-Raphaelites’, in The Tripartite Life of Whitley Stokes (1830-1909), ed. Elizabeth Boyle and Paul Russell (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011), pp. 44-58 Discusses Whitley Stokes’ involvement with the Pre-Raphaelite movement in London, 1852-62, focusing particularly on his influence on Dante Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, William Allingham and F. […]

On the Wonders of Ireland: Translation and Adaptation

‘On the Wonders of Ireland: Translation and Adaptation’, in Authorities and Adaptations: the Reworking and Transmission of Textual Sources in Medieval Ireland, ed. Elizabeth Boyle & Deborah Hayden (Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2014), pp. 233-61 Taking the Latin poem De mirabilibus Hiberniae as its starting point, this essay examines the translation, reworking and transmission […]

Lay Morality, Clerical Immorality, and Pilgrimage in Tenth-Century Ireland

‘Lay Morality, Clerical Immorality, and Pilgrimage in Tenth-Century Ireland: Cethrur Macclérech and Epscop do Gáedelaib’, Studia Hibernica 39 (2013), 9-48 The subject of this essay is a pair of medieval Irish ecclesiastical anecdotes, namely Cethrur macclérech (‘Four Junior Clerics’) and Epscop do Gáedelaib (‘A Bishop of the Gaels’). Insofar as they have received any scholarly attention, these […]